All has been quiet here as I have been waiting for a spate of ill health to improve. Now, along with the sunny spring weather, my energy has come back again! Before now, I spent my quiet moments reflecting on the wonderful new patterns and designers I had met at Stitches West in February. Although the yarn market at Stitches is a big draw, this year I found opportunities to discover fabulous knitwear designs and to even try on the garments to evaluate which ones suited me best!
Katy is an exceptionally talented accessory designer who had four of her recent designs on display in the Stitches Marketplace. Above, she is holding her Lucienne Scarf, knitted in Anzula Ava. In person, the scarf has a gorgeous sheen, and the slip stitch sections in between the cables give the scarf a stunning, distinctive look.
Another marvelous design Katy introduced me to is her Danica Cowl knitted in Anzula Squishy. I thought that piece would be a perfect way to add a pop of avocado green to an outfit, which conveniently is one of the "in" colors for spring and summer.
This February was the second time I have been fortunate to meet up with Katy at Stitches, and she brought me over to meet designer Elizabeth Doherty of Blue Bee Studio:
Elizabeth, pictured above, had the clever idea of bringing knitted samples of many of her recent designs, including those from her recent book, Top Down: Reimagining Set-in Sleeve Design. She and I are both wearing samples from the book above. I really enjoyed trying on the different styles, especially Underwood:
However, the Doherty design that most captured my fancy was Tenaya , a design that was published in Twist Collective.
Adding to the fun experience of trying on her garments, Elizabeth and her staff showered Katy and myself with encouragement and feedback as we tried on different styles, making observations about changes to color, length and fit that would make the designs even more flattering on us.
Emma from Coco Knits
Another day, my friend Charlotte and I visited Julie Weisenberg’s Coco Knits booth which featured samples of the designs in Julie’s latest book, Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. Charlotte and I had a delightful time trying on the samples, and both of us lost our hearts to an as-yet unpublished tunic vest named Gabrielle, knitted in Shibui twig and pebble yarns combined:
I am watching like a hawk and as soon as I see the published pattern on ravelry I will add the link to my blog! Another favorite design of mine was the fitted jacket, Verena, knitted using Habu mohair and paper yarns combined:
I left Stitches with wonderful memories as well as autographed copies of both Dohery’s and Weisenberg’s new books. Both books feature top-down and other non-traditional construction techniques that will challenge me to develop new skills. However, the first pattern I want to get my hands on is that Gabrielle vest. Among the procession of women in different shapes and sizes that tried it on, that vest looked great on them all!!